Polish President Donald Tusk of the European Union made a stunning announcement Sunday in the wake of the Group of 20 summit. In his address at a news conference, Tusk reveals time could be running out for waves of refugees to be granted access into Europe, urging the rest of the world to share the burden of Middle Eastern and African refugees escaping war and famine.
Tusk’s full statement on the matter:
“The practical capability of Europe to host new waves of refugees, not to mention irregular economic migrants, is close to limits… Only global efforts supporting refugees and their host communities will be able to bear fruit. That is why we want to encourage our partners to increase humanitarian and development aid, as well as refugee resettlement. We need to address the root causes that force millions of people to leave their homes and seek shelter elsewhere.”
On the other hand, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she sees the possibility of a “positive outcome” to negotiations between Turkey and the European Union on a visa waiver for Turks. However, that will take weeks and maybe months of work to sort out. Merkel said after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday at the G-20 summit that they didn’t discuss a precise time frame.
Below is a detailed map of refugee arrivals post-2014:
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